Arab in Alabama

An Arab-American’s Take on Peace, Freedom, Sweet Tea and living in the South.

Why I Stopped Hating the Church

When Steve Austin was sexually abused as a little boy, his parents told no one, and turned to prayer. For years he railed at this injustice and others he found in the church. Finally, he made peace with what he learned from his faith, and forgave what he did not get.

Alabama, Goddamn!

Alabama only makes the national news when it does something stupid. The latest is kind of embarrassing for those of us who live here.

If You’re Against Marriage Equality, You’re Against This

Something huge happened today, and a lot of people didn’t see it coming.

The Burning of the University of Alabama

This is a story of redemption. This is how football saved the most racist state in America.

28 Black People Who Should Inspire You — A.G. Gaston

A.G. was the grandson of slaves. At the time of his death, he was worth $130,000,000.

So . . . This Happened: Three Things in Sports (Jan. 5, 2015 Edition)

Our first Monday sports round-up of 2015 features a pause to reflect on the passing of Stuart Scott, college football Bowl game madness, and Wild Card Weekend in the NFL starring Chris Christie.

Checking Athletes’ Privilege

Mike Kasdan takes a hard look at the roots of the privilege we confer on star athletes, and its devastating effect on society.

Tis the Season for Feigning Football Interest

September brings my annual ritual of brushing up on the basest college football knowledge for use in conversation.

In Desegregation Case, Judge Blasts School Officials and Justice Department

A federal judge in Alabama says local school board has failed to meet legal mandate to integrate.

Life Below The Mason-Dixon Line: A Call For Submissions

Life below the Mason-Dixon Line isn’t as simple as some people want you to believe.

Get A Life, Will You People?

Coupled with Marcus Smart’s run-in with a Texas Tech fan, Liam Day says the backlash new Alabama linebacker Rashaan Evans faced from Auburn fans indicates that some of them just need to get lives.

28 Black People You Probably Don’t Know About (But You Should)— NH Smith

A Birmingham minister carried a torch while Martin Luther King was in jail. I sat in his church for seventeen years and never knew.

Nonpartisan Support: Letters From The President to Crestfallen Athletes

It’s always nice to see someone use a position of power to lend a helping hand with absolutely no hint of an ulterior motive.

Alabama Grants Posthumous Pardon to ‘Scottsboro Boys’ Falsely Convicted in Racially Tinged Case

Twice, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the boys’ convictions, the first time, issuing a landmark decision on the right to effective assistance of counsel, and the second time invalidating a trial that included no black jurors

In Touch With My Feminine Side…If You Like It or Not

Wil Elrick is 6’7″. He wrestled a bear. But he’ll surprise you with what else he likes to – and will – do.